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Stalinism Is Continued Through Internet Age And Its Smartphone Stage

Stalin is relevant for recognizing the worth of data mining for extracting efficient intelligence.

Richard Stallman keeps away from smartphone, calling it the portable tracking device and blaming it as Stalin’s dream come true. Julian Assange called entire internet age as what Stalin would have admired. So Stalin is at the receiving end of all the blame of internet age and its smartphone stage. But what for and why?

In Stalin’s regime any uncomfortable facts were not just wiped out from photographs but from the planet earth and edited out of history as well. Yes there was Stalin before the Photoshop who did more than that but that is not all indeed keeping him still relevant through all the progress of internet age of humanity that is even making the most of politics also irrelevant.

Stalin is relevant for recognizing the worth of data mining for extracting efficient intelligence. That is why he is getting increasingly relevant through the smartphone stage of internet age for data retention.

Data retention is the Stalinist feature of smartphone stage of internet age. Machine learning is further implementing this.

Distributing Code Under GPL Must Not Get Taxed

Sangkrit insists that professional programmers distributing their code under GPL must not get taxed because their business upgrades civilization in a fast forward way.

Software engineers, following the ‘four freedoms’ as taught by Richard Stallman, are free software programmers. Free software programmers, who earn livelihood as taught by Sangkrit, by serving their code to domain registrants under GPL upon getting paid in hourly per terminal basis, are professional programmers. Such source code is eternally left open for further evolution.

Sangkrit insists that professional programmers, distributing their code under GPL, must not get taxed because their business upgrades civilization in a fast forward way. Like Linux kernel under GPL, has built the modern framework of internet age by running most successful operating systems such as GNU and android.

Smart governments should be inventing smarter incentives for freeing the software within their countries since this can improve public life standards without any government investments.

Freeing The Software And Opening The Government Make The Hacktivism Win Election As Well

FREE THE SOFTWARE! MASTER THE CODE! OPEN THE GOVERNMENTS! WIN THE ELECTIONS!

Richard Stallman campaigned to free the software. Linus Torvalds made it free by mastering its kernel code. Julian Assange used this for opening the governments. Birgitta Jónsdóttir won elections upon all that. Freeing the software and opening the government make the hacktivism win election as well.

Opening the government is the hacktivist kind of opposition and free software protects the privacy of individual humankind. This becomes politically befitting with netizens.

Enhancing the concept of private property in registering, developing and transferring a domain has the key to new age of humanity i.e. internet age. Owning the domain makes one a real entity of internet age. Netizenship is truly availed by owning your domain.

Domain registrants do require fighting for freedom. Using only GPL software is the universal weapon in this regard.

Sangkrit has shown a way of mastering the code. Professional programmers should be selling online support to domain registrants. Independent developers developing domains as only private class of global property is a decent way of building the castles of internet age.

You will have to bring your people into internet age for winning their support. Many things might not be available in your country but you may still access, use and distribute everything. Signup for your free SANGKRIT.net account to become a personal outlet of its globally distributed order for selling worry-free web/app packages to your people.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir Has Won The Way

Birgitta Jónsdóttir has finally made the global hacktivists really ready to rule the world, the way people want them. This is going to matter everywhere onward.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir never personally aspired to become the prime minister. Beyond the electoral results of Iceland, she has very successfully won the way for all sorts of hacktivists across all the countries alike.

At the same time, India is celebrating the festival of lights. May be the hacktivists worldwide would always celebrate like this.

Who is a hacktivist?

Whoever respects Richard Stallman’s free software effect up on the beginning of the internet age and lives without disrespecting that, is a hacktivist.

Following this, not only pure hackers but like píratars and wikileakers, any professional programmers, startup entrepreneurs and venture investors can also become hacktivists. Hacktivists insist up on immunity for the likes of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden. Unlike left and unlike west, hacktivists work just like internet.

In the beginning questions concerning jobs and employment were not addressed adequately and still campaigns were not integrated that well within internet industry. Sangkrit insists up on doing so urgently. Once this is done, you won’t ever lose again.

Hacktivists can become very best for attracting investments and inclusion of the very best kind while running smart states worldwide. That would electorally be winning the case.

Hacktivists must adequately be addressing the questions concerning education, entrepreneurship and employment. That shall make them invincible by involving whole people around them. Sangkrit literally means involving whole people. Adapting an invincible approach in politics is quite possible now.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir has made the global hacktivists really ready to rule the world, the way people want them. This is going to matter everywhere onward.

Total Transparency Can Curb Down All Coercion In Public Life

Píratar have politically emerged as hope of humanity for relaying solid-state public facts from worldwide by making Iceland a bit haven, the way Switzerland has been a haven for safekeeping the money acquired anywhere.

Ninety-nine years after the Bolshevik revolution in Russia, Píratar in Iceland have politically emerged as hope of humanity since they are about to win their way. It is not less important an event about to occur being the great October hacktivist revolution.

Píratar might be relaying solid-state public facts from worldwide by making Iceland some sort of a bit haven, the way Switzerland has been a haven for safekeeping the money acquired anywhere. That is promised to get done in immediate future and Birgitta Jónsdóttir is riding globally high on humane hopes at her hacktivist best.

Unlike Left

Hopes are high as were around the beginning of Lenin’s revolution in Russia that was then considered as good replacement for both capitalism and representative democracy but riding high on those very humane hopes, Stalin sincerely built unparalleled empire with coercion unseen elsewhere. That exactly shows that how high the hopes were then too and how much energy got produced on that basis.

Soviet Union continued for many decades by suppressing facts to maintain its fake facade. Finally Yuri Andropov tried to repair dysfunctional socialist system a little bit before Mikhail Gorbachev made his attempt on continuing that. At the same time a son of divorced communist parents in Finland, named Linus Torvalds wrote the kernel that is now successfully running the world into internet age but that too was not capable of running socialism any further. Soviet Union was unable to cope with upcoming times so collapsed without even knowing about Linus Torvalds or Sergei Bin born within its domain.

Socialism in the nanny state of Soviet Union very naturally failed. Free will is given to the humankind so that must get well respected in designing any sustainable political moves. Nanny states unnecessarily regulating individuals make only political scams such as, there is no unemployment although no one works, no one works although everyone gets paid, everyone gets paid although there is nothing to buy with the money given, no one can buy anything but everyone owns everything, everyone owns everything but no one is satisfied, no one is satisfied still everyone votes for the system. Birgitta Jónsdóttir has made this also clear “…we are not like many left parties that want to regulate citizens and create nanny states. We believe that regulation should be on the powerful, not the individuals.”

Left used to become total coercion on public life in the name of people. Unlike left, total transparency might have the power to curb down all coercion in public life. Official secrets are now past. Wikileaks has made them bit-driven facts. Here comes the need for a new kind of supportive state so that facts remain publicly open. Píratar in Iceland might make a provision of that. In a way unprecedented elsewhere, Iceland even jailed its bad bankers for causing financial crisis through society by misappropriating public money. That is also a convention worth following by free world.

Unlike West

On 27 October 2016 at 07:07 PM @wikileaks tweeted, “Party founded by former WikiLeaks producer @birgittaj (“Pirate Party”) is likely to take power in Iceland on Saturday according to polling.”. This sounds a forgone introduction for Birgitta Jónsdóttir, in whose company Julian Assange learnt the importance of getting political. Thereafter both of them duly grown apart, doing their own things and now both of them matter that separately in all respects that they earned pretty well.

The way Julian Assange represents WikiLeaks, Birgitta Jónsdóttir represents the possible bit haven. Respecting their consistency like that is going to complete the equation of total transparency in internet age. Total transparency can curb down all coercion in public life. That is the greatest thing politically possible now. If it is done. It is going to be a revolution for humankind.

Incidentally Iceland has been independent of European Union so not yet faced that influx of refugees, which brings nations face to face with the worst. Humankind has to face its worst enemy i.e. the aggressive pseudo-Arabism. It is certainly not any religion but is aggressive pseudo-Arabism in the name of a religion. It is like when backwardness becomes aggressive against forward public life. Aggressive pseudo-Arabism has been the worst enemy of humane integrity. Formation of Pakistan was a manifestation of this.

Aggressive pseudo-Arabism destroys all local naturalness by enforcing Arab way of life resulting really reactionary resistance everywhere. Although its code to get defeated is inbuilt within its this very nature but that comes with great humane cost on humanity.

Just Like Internet

Opposition to the hacktivist victory in Iceland is depending on a false allegation that Píratar could further destabilize Iceland’s now recovering economy by scaring off all investors due to their lack of political experience. In fact such opposition seriously lacks the fundamental information that hacktivists everywhere are quite capable of gathering the most of investments around them because of being at the core of internet industry.

Life is limited so you get trained direct during performance in the game of establishing order without even knowing the laws that bring you in order. That has also been a way of doing a lot better.

Compel Your Government For Paying A Daily Delay Allowance Upon Every Lawful Public Grievance Until It Is Duly Resolved

A public grievance means the failing of the government in whatever has been its given task.  Therefore all of you may better compel your incompetent government for paying a daily delay allowance upon every lawful public grievance until it is duly resolved.  Continue reading Compel Your Government For Paying A Daily Delay Allowance Upon Every Lawful Public Grievance Until It Is Duly Resolved

Certain Terms Get Lost Through Evolution

Linus Torvalds publicly prefers the term ‘programming’ or ‘engineering’ instead of ‘hacking’ although he doesn’t mind calling himself a ‘hacker’ while Richard Stallman still make hard efforts to bring the term ‘hacker’ back in usage by differentiating this with crackers.  Continue reading Certain Terms Get Lost Through Evolution

Bitcoin Is Independent And Accountable

A pure transaction generates happiness at both the ends. Only such a transaction holds actual purity of its being, which occurs without any pressures involved. It is what makes it independent and accountable. Bitcoin universally ascertains all that.
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GPL Is Getting Ready To Get Made A Law Across All Countries

RKP & RMSRKP and RMS have repeatedly met and discussed. In some of the meetings a few senior associates and FSF activists also participated. RMS is seeing RKP’s approach too radical whereas RKP is stressing that tolerance for proprietary environs won’t work for us and both the leaders are solidly together to take on old world order. They may design something that is going to electrify whole world across all time zones.

May be the legendary GPL is getting ready to get made a law across all countries. It is not going to happen in one go but the things have really began. Birgitta Jónsdóttir from Iceland may also join in. Senior-most politicians of India have given the nod. The world is not going to remain as it has been.

Shardul Pandey Talks To Mishi Choudhary, Director Of International Practice At Software Freedom Law Center, New York

Mishi Choudhary: Dear Mr Pandey, I am writing to you as a follow up on the dialogue that Mr Advani and Mr Stallman have been engaged in for the past couple of months.

I take the liberty to bring to light some developments in India that have greatly tarnished India’s democratic image and its treatment of its citizens rights of free speech and expression as guaranteed by its constitution. As recently as this Friday, Mr Kapil Sibal and Mr Manish Tiwari discussed plans on national television to destroy anonymity and impose further restrictions on social media interactions of citizens. Needless to say, these measures make them extremely unpopular amongst the youth and business.

The Information Technology Act, 2000 was amended significantly in the aftermath of the November 7, 2008 Mumbai Terrorist attacks but without any discussion in the Indian Parliament despite making sweeping changes in the cyber law framework. It has proved to be the fulcrum of various contentious issues. Indian authorities have stepped up Internet surveillance and pressure on technical service providers, while publicly rejecting accusations of censorship. The national security policy may also undermine freedom of expression and the protection of Internet users’ personal data.

The current government gave itself the power to order the blocking of any online content by Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000. This provision enables the government to order blocking of content. Although safeguards are inbuilt in these provisions, experience in the past one year shows wide variety of misuse for political censorship.

The Google Transparency Report for the period July – December 2010 stated that they had received requests from different law enforcement agencies to remove a blog and YouTube videos that were critical of Chief Ministers and senior officials of different states. The report for the period July – December 2012 mentions 60 executive / police orders demanding removal of content that relate to religious offences and 1 relating to national security. The recent spate of orders for removal of content were related to fears of ethic violence against persons from the North-eastern region of the country.

Many cases have come to light recently of law enforcement agencies indulging in illegal censorship by asking intermediaries to take down content on receiving complaints about content on these sites. This is often done under section 79 of IT Act and section 91 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. However, this provision only allows law enforcement to ask a person to produce a document in connection with any investigation and does not empower them to demand take-down of any content. Although such an action is illegal and is not backed by any statutory provision, many instances of such abuse of power by law enforcement agencies have been reported. A widely reported incident was when the website www.cartoonsagainstcorruption.com was taken down by the web host on the basis of a communication that they received from law enforcement agencies.

Arrests under section 66A for postings on Facebook, Twitter against those in power are becoming commonplace.

We have been working actively on these issues in India since 2010. I would be delighted to talk in detail about current issues with you and if his schedule permits, Mr Advani. I am in India from August 14, 2013 onwards and would love an opportunity to discuss these issues.

I hate to impose on you but If I may mention that we are also putting together an event especially with the Members of the Parliament on August 26, 2013 at the Constitution Club of India. The event will achieve great encouragement if Mr Advani would agree to speak at it.

Please let me know as to how can we be of any assistance.

Shardul Pandey: It is gratifying that you decided to write. Yes I do remember that we were supposed to further that important discussion of technology and politics involving LKA and RMS. That actually got started due to my discussion with RMS, which concluded at a point that everything upon internet deserves being implemented in a p2p manner. We said so for preventing humanity from PRISM type of entrapment, although Edward Snowden was still at NSA then. Would you like to say something on that?

A lot of things have happened since then. All the apprehensions that RMS made explicit then got realized all of sudden. It is a decisive time to make movement. May be our discussion also contribute something substantial.

As first thing I suggest you to share some details here for netizens so that they come to know that what actually is planned for August 26, 2013 at the Constitution Club of India? I will sure be doing whatever may be possible to make it a success.

Mishi Choudhary: Dear Mr Pandey, Thank you for your prompt response. Attached herewith is a concept note about the event. I look forward to discussing it in detail with you.

Shardul Pandey: OK I am seeing this. Public representatives have already opened up their mind through the legislation that you are protesting about. You should better be explicit that what you have in your mind?

What SFLCI has planned for doing with this event; like any memorandum could be given to all of them demanding any particular legislation to protect individual freedom along with social privacy or/and you may ask for their cooperation in your voluntarily helping any victims of any laws ?

Mishi Choudhary: Thank you for your comments. We shall take note of those. Do you think Mr Advani would be available to discuss future IT policy or this event with me in person next week?

Shardul Pandey: Instead of mere thinking and telling, I took time to find out and what I got to let you know is YES.

Mishi Choudhary: Dear Mr Pandey, I am waiting eagerly to meet up with you and Mr Advani to invite for the event on August 26, 2013. Please let me know when is a good time for such a meeting. I look forward to hearing from you.

Shardul Pandey: Regrettably I am not in Delhi and Mr Advani has been busy with Parliament.

Next week could be a good time for you to meet Mr Advani. I already have forwarded your name and wish for his personal information.

Real Heroes Of Internet Age Are All Coming Together

stallman-assangeFounder of most successful operating system GNU-Linux Dr Richard Stallman went to see the founder of WikiLeaks.org Julian Assange in Ecuadorean Embassy at London. They discussed about ensuring a free flight for Edward Snowden providing very eminent persons of internet age as human sheilds from Moscow to Latin America. Proudly they mocked US President Obama’s original electoral line, “Yes We Can” by showing it on a photograph of Snowden. Real heroes of internet age are all coming together and they can certainly do whatever they wish doing now.

During the program of Shardul Pandey Talks published on March 24, 2013 at 1:19 AM Dr Richard Stallman had said, “I see that the Internet is turning into a scheme that gives people convenience in exchange for their freedom. Disservices such as Facebook invite people to share lots of personal information with a company that can make use of it, and hand it to the state as well. SANGKRIT.net has since then permanently showcased that particular talk in the sidebar of each pageview it attracts upon internet. Whatever Richard used to say since so long ago, Edward Snowden, by exposing PRISM, has all of sudden established all that as absolutely accurate. Now the worldwide rebellion of internet age got a very clear-cut streamline consequently named as Dr Richard Stallman, Julian Assange, Aaron Swartz and Edward Snowden. Internet is getting really political indeed while United States of America is left with major deficit in free speech.

Shardul Pandey Talks To Keith Curtis

Keith Curtis dropped out of University of Michigan to become a proprietary programmer at Microsoft, to quit and become an author and film-maker about free software. He talks on conflicting choices that any user today makes with the State and the Internet.

Shardul Pandey: These days when the world is gripped in to Snowden syndrome, people are getting cautious and confused about the conveniences, internet is giving to them. Sometime back Dr Richard Stallman said to me, “I see that the Internet is turning into a scheme that gives people convenience in exchange for their freedom. Disservices such as Facebook invite people to share lots of personal information with a company that can make use of it, and hand it to the state as well.” Before also he used to say like that more often than not but with Edward Snowden’s act almost all his apprehensions are established as absolute facts. On 11 June 2013 in his political notes he said, “This man is a hero comparable to Daniel Ellsberg and Bradley Manning.” How do you asses it?

Keith Curtis: RMS is right that the Internet is to some extent exchanging convenience for freedom, but that is also a simplistic perspective. The Internet is changing everything: education, business, science, culture. How many know of the Harlem Shake phenomenon? That is a trivial example, but it demonstrates a global mind and that physical distance is no longer a barrier to the exchange of (generally good) ideas. Billions have heard of Wikipedia and benefit from it, either directly or indirectly (you use a Boeing airplane and a Boeing engineer used it).

In the case of Facebook, there is nothing on that site that I wouldn’t post on any other as well, and often do post to multiple sites. If what I write and like allows them to pick custom and more targeted advertising, I have no problem with that. I’d rather someone try to find things interesting to me than just purely random content. Rather than just railing against things, it is better to have more specific criticisms and suggestions. Facebook has greatly improved their privacy settings.

As for Snowden, I am torn between the idea that the government must do dirty things to keep us from getting blown up, and protecting privacy and freedom. Terrorists must talk to each other over the Internet like the rest of us do. I don’t think that mass surveillance is a good idea, but I do like the ability for the government to be able to listen to particular conversations sometimes. If your job was to protect other people from being killed, you’d want some surveillance capabilities. Unfortunately, because it isn’t being run in the private sector, they end up building more than they need. There is absolutely no need for them to listen to my phone conversations. If they are bothering with it, then they are just stupid and wasting resources.

When I think about how the government is taking away my freedoms, I don’t worry about them listening into my phone calls as much as I think about how they are creating massive debts which I will have to repay, they are devaluing the currency to “stimulate” the economy, the retirement systems are going bankrupt, they create policies which have the unintended consequence of making healthcare very expensive, they have stupid energy policies which raise the cost of travel, food and everything, etc. A national healthcare system takes away a lot of freedom.

Shardul Pandey: Internet is not only about taking away freedoms but it has given many unprecedented freedoms to people across all countries. May be it has become a double-edged sword in the hands of humanity so how to further it for not to harm the privacy of individual user ?

Keith Curtis: Yes, the Internet is a double-edged sword. At the same time, we can try to fix things with specific suggestions. If you are worried about Internet freedoms and other freedoms, then vote for libertarian leaders who will do a better job balancing the tradeoffs. Obama is the opposite of a libertarian. A 50-page piece of legislation would fix our healthcare system. Obama’s was 2,700 pages and which puts the government in even greater control and overall makes the system more expensive and worse. Given he doesn’t care about freedom in healthcare, you can be sure he doesn’t care about it for the Internet either. So many people have cellphones because of the free market, not because of any government mandate. We need programs to help the poor, but single payer healthcare controls everyone. Surveillance is a minor issue. Anyone who gets upset about it clearly doesn’t realize all the other ways government is taking our liberty. The lack of freedom, in software, and in society, are the biggest challenges that face us.

Shardul Pandey: Obviously surveillance is a minor issue that certainly doesn’t upsets that much but the major issue, people of all countries are getting upset about, is that the ability of US Government has evidently invaded the sovereignty of independent governments of other countries by compelling American internet companies for stealing and sharing users’ data across all countries alike. For instance as per the laws of land in India, American companies functioning here could even get booked in a strong case of cross-border espionage if political will persists here at any point of time so where it is going to end after all with what ultimate universal solution?

Keith Curtis: I’m not exactly sure what you are referring to. There are terrorists in every nation, and governments need to be working together to listen in on the bad people making plans and recruiting. This can be done in a way that respects the law, and sovereignty of every nation, in a targeted manner, and even with the checks and balances of a judge like what happens with the FISA courts in the US.

One of the consequences of Obama’s expanded drone program is that we are blowing up rather than capturing and interrogating terrorists. Obama is happy to kill where there is no risk of Americans losing their life. Death of Americans brings decreased poll numbers and donations. However, if we aren’t interrogating and getting the contact lists of the terrorists, there is little point in having a surveillance program.

I can imagine that governments will always have the ability to listen in on particular people. Surveillance is a limited but very useful power. Libertarians aren’t anarchists. Instead of the NSA building a $2B datacenter, it could just build a small cluster. How much computing power does it take to track 1,000 dangerous people?

The solution to getting rid of the greatest need for surveillance is to end terrorism. Given this is a problem that goes back decades, it will take a while to fix as well. Today, There are schools and cultures that teach hate. And in the many countries where there is economic stagnation and misery, people are much more prone to be radicalized. Governments use hate to distract citizens from their own misery. The US economy has been pretty stagnant since 2008, but in general the opportunities for an average American are still much better than what exists for most young men in the Middle East.

Many countries have terrible economies because the government has created laws with bad unintended consequences. Obama’s policies are uniformly if unintentionally creating negative economic results. Unlike in software, where you can test if your idea is a good one, an economist would have to run for office or invade another country to learn if their grand scheme is a disaster or a good idea. Therefore, most today are quacks and have no idea what they are talking about. Most of the economists in the world today would be complete failures if their theories were ever actually implemented. Paul Krugman is probably the most famous genius-idiot.

The reason why so many countries have misery and bad economies is because so many countries have Marxists in their economic departments. The philosophy of higher education in one generation becomes the philosophy of government in the next. The key link many don’t understand between freedom and prosperity is that when the government gets out of the way, more people will have jobs and will be happier. If societies could purge themselves of Marxist thought, and the people who govern according to it, happiness for average citizens would increase, and terrorism would mostly disappear.

Ultimately, it is the responsibility of every citizen to pick leaders who will create policies that bring them hope and happiness, but unfortunately, most sources of media advocate liberal economic policies and liberal politicians, and so people often unintentionally vote against their own interests.

Suppose I stated that Sarah Palin would be a better President than Obama. Many reading that assertion would question my grasp of reality to make that statement. I believe it to be true, but the point is that the mainstream media and culture turn some people into a Messiah (ignore the shortcomings) and some people into the devil (exaggerate the shortcomings) and for the most part, even very intelligent people don’t notice propaganda. There is inaccurate and pervasive propaganda and groupthink in every country.

Shardul Pandey: Yes the misinformation has been very much a case along with governments unnecessarily wasting enormous public money. That is why some people are sacrificing all their conveniences just for opening up the governments in public interest. Actually implementation of INTERNET PROTOCOL got a global public trust established by making global networking open, free, fluid, live and ONE although prior to that our governments only failed in building any mutual trust among people across the political geography, while wasted a lot of public money in the name of protecting us from each other. Now if we fail in keeping ourselves one and open, we can not succeed in fighting misinformation that all governments yet use to spread.

One internet is sure to reinvent business, technology and media worldwide. Not only GPL, GNU, Linux or Android but google.com, wikipedia.org or twitter.com are also global faith structures. Ever-growing readership of SANGKRIT.net is getting global. It has already attained far greater internet influence than both major-most political parties of India have despite expending a lot of money for that.

You see people across all time zones have started believing more in internet companies than in their own respective governments as through every crisis caused by this or that government, domain registrants bothered more for not to trade-off social privacy of individual users rather than any respective government did so. Consequently isn’t it a case coming up that domain registrants now be given some sort of limited sovereignty so that they can safely refuse to disclose user information out of their domains?

Whether an international law can help for protecting internet users’ individual freedom and social privacy for ascertaining further growth of internet as open, free, fluid, live and above all as one thing in general?

Otherwise the US usage of concurrent internet for FREE SURVEILLANCE may consequently lead in to BALKANIZATION of INTERNET since it violates the sovereignty of so many independent nations so how to resolve this upcoming threat once forever along with addressing the lack of freedom in software and society as biggest challenges that face us?

Keith Curtis: The Internet exists, and yet lies by governments are still pervasive. Fixing misinformation requires a different strategy than just focusing on an open, etc. Internet. Who decides whether a politician is a Messiah or a fool? Why are so many governments running massive deficits without citizens demanding better?

It is true that in the marketplace of ideas on the Internet, the good ideas will eventually win out, but there are new lies being produced daily:

Here is another reason why bigger government provides a more just and moral society.

Listen to the latest dumb thing a conservative said.

Here is another anecdote that proves the tea party is racist.

There are also generations of journalists who are taught that their job is to report stories that conform to their world-view. A story that Obama is a Messiah is news, an event where he did something poorly is not reported because he’s doing his best and it must be someone else’s fault. Obviously in other countries there are lies with different names and circumstances. Note that the pervasive lies in the news media do infect things like Wikipedia and Twitter.

I think it should require a court order for domains to be forced to give up user information to the government. Otherwise, what information about a user is made public is up to the user and the website. On Facebook, I make my profile public. Other people can make other choices. Facebook would refuse you if you asked for private information about me. Privacy is a bigger topic than government surveillance.

I think there are many laws that could be passed to further improve the Internet in the ways that you desire: laws that would decrease the use of DRM would help with the spread of content. Outlawing software patents and genomic patents would help with the faster spread of science. Governments creating laws that force themselves to use and contribute to free software would also help. Governments getting out of the business of producing news would also help. I think the government could get involved in fostering standards in healthcare, which would help with the sharing important medical records in a reliable, secure and private way over the Internet. Also governments can keep building up more-unified resources of information about medical research like the NCBI (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/). It could require that all public funds for research never be given to a proprietary technology or be patented.

I’d like to pass a law that would outlaw Marxism in universities and government. Of course, such a law is hard to implement, but I do believe that the people who make up the Internet would be much happier if such a thing could magically happen. The more prosperous and free the society, the better the Internet will become.

Shardul Pandey: Massive public usage of Internet certainly curbs down all misinformation. German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger called for new European Union laws on data protection and a ban on American companies that violate them although in recent weeks, German foreign intelligence service BND was under attack for its own collaboration with NSA. German Justice Minister has to say that BND must finally put all the facts on the table. To protect user information, Jimmy Wales challenged entire industry to make encryption a human rights issue.

A few days back in Berlin during ceremony of Internet Hall of Fame, when Aaron Swartz was posthumously inducted, the rest of living inductees gave an standing ovation. He could not be there because US laws didn’t permit his creative freedom. John Perry Barlow accepted his induction on behalf of Assange, Manning and Snowden. Chairman of BJP Parliamentary Party in India L K Advani greeted and complimented Richard stallman for encouraging other champions of freedom like Julian Assange, Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden. RMS thanked and said he is very gratified that LKA admires them whom he too admires. John Perry Barlow tweeted, “How the hell can we put someone away for most of his life when about half the country thinks he deserves a medal?” Misusing Internet for free surveillance is an international crime since it violates the sovereignty of other independent peoples.

Still how for a free society we can make arrangements of individual freedom with social privacy? Whether encryption be made human rights issue or domains be allocated virtual sovereignty or ICANN be given diplomatic immunity so that internet industry can refuse from compromising any user information on the basis of one international law or should we simply start an Internet Hall of Defame by voting for Obama to start with?

Keith Curtis: It is true that increased usage of the Internet curbs down misinformation, but when there is so much of it produced every day by governments, government-sponsored media, and journalists who advocate for government, that the trends might be in the right direction, but progress is very slow. The Internet is a great mechanism for the broadcast of lies as well as truth, and many journalists don’t even realize when they are unintentionally spreading lies. Students who go to University in the US don’t realize that they are being taught almost exclusively liberal political and economic ideas. There are billions of people who think Sarah Palin is stupid. I can’t defend her here, only use it as an example of how groupthink is pervasive even over the Internet. People in Cuba are “sure” Karl Marx is the best economic philosopher and the Internet hasn’t changed that. There are countless other examples, and different ones in every country.

I don’t think a ban on companies is a great idea. Why not try to work things out? There is a lot of anti-Americanism and anti-capitalism. Don’t quickly follow what some liberal Eurocrat advocates. I don’t think encryption as a human right is a good idea. It is so low on the priority list of ways to make human life better it isn’t even worth discussing. And again, companies are improving. Facebook has dramatically changed their privacy settings over the last years, presumably with input from privacy experts.

Aaron Swartz’s situation is tragic, but the US has laws to protect creative freedom. There is a balancing act, and different perspectives on how to do that. I agree the US government should have lead in pushing for open access, but in general, these are private entities producing the journals, and it is private companies and universities like MIT that got it wrong. The question you have to ask is, why wasn’t everyone at MIT already pushing for open access?

Each case of Swartz, Manning, Assange, Snowden, etc. are different. I’m not going to argue they are all guilty or innocent, only that the question of what someone did is complicated and I think grouping a bunch of people together as all heroes requires a lot of work. You are welcome to your set, but I don’t worry about the increasing freedom achieved by leaking documents, for example, as compared to the fact I live in the world where Social Security has been going bankrupt for decades and yet nothing to reform this 1930s law has been done. This is another infringement on my freedom, much worse. It is common knowledge that half children in Detroit schools are functionally illiterate in the 8th grade. I wish documents would leak that would show the US is bankrupt. Maybe then American liberals would focus on it. You don’t even need leaked documents, the US government publicly announces that it has $100T in unfunded liabilities. Are any of these leaks providing us with any new knowledge that could be used to improve the quality of life for average citizens? Something isn’t valuable just because it was secret.

As for laws to protect freedom and privacy, I don’t encourage many laws that cross countries. It decreases the sovereignty of each nation, and there are many examples of international laws that have made things worse such as the situation in the EU. I really think that governments need to be cooperating to protect us from those who would blow themselves and others up. Laws which pretend that risk doesn’t actually exist are a mistake. Governments need to be trying to cooperate to stamp out terror, but in the meanwhile, we need to be finding terrorists. Can you imagine life if the police disappeared? There are embassies between every country. It seems like working through these issues would be one of their biggest jobs. Doing that in a limited and effective way is key.

Shardul Pandey: I am certainly not carrying a bunch of (my set of) heroes. I always try hard to help so-called great men meet some ordinary self.

Actually it is secrecy and sacrifice that leave awesome effect on everybody else up to the extent that mostly people become hesitant to say anything against the ideals involved. Sometimes an aura gets made around even not so wise things. Hero worship hasn’t ever helped any society in practice. All of sudden America is evolving a lot of heroes only because the US Government has become good enough in playing great villain.

Consequently what you find doing best for America in concurrent circumstance?

Keith Curtis: I think that hero-worship of the right people is a fine thing. It is good for children to be instilled with the right values, done through stories.

The problem is finding the right heroes, and many of today’s ones and the values promoted in modern society are wrong. We live in a technological age, but are culturally devolving. In every big city in America, there are many children who go to a “free” school, but are illiterate. Why aren’t these schools improving? Why doesn’t this get talked about much more than Snowden? Why do history majors at Universities learn that Gorbachev “won” the Cold War? Why isn’t every programmer already writing free software, which is in the tradition of science? Why is a President picked because of the palpable excitement around his skin color? Obama might be popular currently and considered a success, but the biggest thing he’s doing is hastening the demise of the welfare state, which is what he actually believes is the role of government.

Social Security has been going bankrupt slowly for many decades, but faster since he took office. The deficits are even bigger. The unemployment is 2% more than Bush’s average. Many people are part time, and high gas prices, higher food and everything prices, a stagnant housing market, and none of the longstanding social and societal problems are actually being fixed. We are moving towards the abyss faster. One day, there will be a big mess to clean up. Congress is basically dysfunctional with a Republican (libertarian) house and a (Marxist) Democrat Senate. The Republicans in Congress are ready to pass laws to unwind the welfare state, but they couldn’t get through the Senate. Obama believes that the job of government is increase redistribution so he would veto every one anyway.

I think calling the US a villain is over-stating things. A lot can be explained by incompetence. And there are a lot of times with past Presidents where the conventional history on what they did, and what they actually did, are very different. Anyway, whether the US is a villain is complicated because you need to analyze a lot of actions and the results and compare it to what would have happened if the US hadn’t been involved.

Milton Friedman’s solution is to turn the welfare state into a negative income tax, privatize everything, and pass laws that encourage competition (get rid of software and biotech patents) and also cooperation (invest in free software, open access journals, etc.) The idea that teachers should be working for the government is extremely ingrained in culture. There is the list of what needs to be done, and there is also the issue of (re)-educating people on the limited role of government so they can vote in people to do this.

Shardul Pandey: I find you politically very capable to hold on. Our this talk has already become very popular. It is being read globally alike. You make very good statements. Your country should be proud of you.

I do not consider United States as villain. Internet was born with its father’s salary coming from US treasury. Unfortunately US Government has given a chance to an entirely spy-managed state like Russia to become the hero of Internet. Hackers haven’t ever been dangerous guys but the world they tried to help has been dangerous to them.

Once free trade and free speech made American dream possible but now free surveillance has made furthering that difficult. I think US must not be getting short on free speech and free trade. One new book I’ve read is called The Liberty Amendments by Mark Levin. He describes some of the political solutions which can help enable the economic ones. It also give more context to some of the problems.

Other countries would require different political solutions, but they might also find some inspiration from this.